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Global Talent Visa

From 20 Feburary 2020 the Tier 1 visa has been replaced by the Global Talent Visa.

Global Talent is open to academics and researchers who are internationally recognised as either world leaders or potential world-leading talent in their fields. There are four routes available to applicants including fast track routes for Senior Academic appointees, holders of eligible fellowships, and individuals working on successful grant applications from an endorsed funder.  

How to apply?

Unlike other visa routes applicants for the Global Talent Visa are not sponsored by Queen Mary. Application are a two step process, first you must obtain an endorsement from the relevant body. The second stage is a visa application. Please note that an endorsement does not guarantee a successful visa application. The final decision on your visa will rest with UK Visas and Immigration. 

The Global Talent Visa is split into four routes, which are detailed below. UKRI have produced an applicant decision tree [PDF 100KB] to identify which route may be most appropriate.

There are four routes to obtaining endorsement for a Global Talent visa in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences and the humanities: 

  1. Senior appointments
  2. Individual fellowships
  3. Endorsed funders
  4. Peer review

For the endorsed funders route, UKRI will review applications from any academic or research discipline. For the other three routes, the applicant must select the appropriate endorsing body based on their field of research. 

The British Academy reviews applications from the humanities and social sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering covers engineering, and the Royal Society covers the natural and medical sciences.

The full list of eligible disciplines and sub-disciplines per endorsing body is available in the Home Office Guidance.

Fast-track endorsement for individuals who have accepted a job as a Professor, Associate Professor, Reader, or equivalent position such as Senior Group Leader, at an approved UK higher education institution or research institute, provided certain recruitment requirements are met.

This route is administered by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.

Fast-track endorsement for individuals who have been awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.

The fellowship must be held currently or within the last 12 months.

Fast-track endorsement for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UKRI. In order to be eligible, researchers must be hosted or employed by eligible institutions named in Annex 2 of the Global Talent Immigration Rules.

Standard endorsement for individuals who submit an application for full peer review by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or Royal Society

Further Information

Further information about the Global Talent Visa can be found on the following websites: 

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